Skin Tint vs. Tinted Moisturizer: What You Need to Know + Top Tips for Picking the Right One

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Skin tint versus tinted moisturizer: Have you ever wondered which one you should be using? The cosmetics industry is flooded with different terms, products and ingredients. On top of that, the industry itself is not heavily regulated, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. You may be left wondering which products are safe, right for your skin type, and if you can really trust the recommendations of the woman behind the cosmetics counter who looks less than thrilled to be there. In this post we’ll define both skin tints and tinted moisturizers, look at the properties of both and who they are best used by. We’ll also list some recommendations and options for both skin tints and tinted moisturizers.

Skin Tint

Skin tints are sheer, provide minimal coverage and have a serum like texture. While these products will provide some amount of moisture to your skin, you should not expect it to replace your facial moisturizer. On average, skin tints are less oily than tinted moisturizers and many of them come with power house ingredients that may benefit your complexion. Some ingredients may include hyaluronic acid, squalane and niacinamide among others. Skin tints are the for the beauty lovers who’s goal is to achieve a subtle no-makeup makeup look. You can also treat a skin tint just as you would a tinted moisturizer or foundation. Apply with clean fingertips, a makeup brush, or a sponge. Just remember to always start off with a clean face that has been moisturized, and of course to use your SPF

Products I’ve Loved

Summer Fridays Skin Tint

Erno Laszlo Tinted Treatment

Tinted Moisturizer 

The definition of a tinted moisturizer is exactly what you would think it would be – a moisturizer that has pigment in to to provide a tint of colour. Tinted moisturizers provide more coverage then their skin tint counterparts. When using a tinted moisturizer you can expect sheer to medium coverage. While skin tints can be used by all skin types, tinted moisturizers are different in that there are many formulations available on the market. As such, we recommend choosing one based on your skin type. For example, if you have oily skin choose an oil free product.

Similar to skin tints as well as foundations, you can also apply a tinted moisturizer with clean fingertips, a makeup brush or a sponge. Again, the rules above apply. Remember to always wash and moisturizer your face before applying makeup. You can also click here to read about the importance of double cleansing your skin.

Products I’ve Loved

Laura Mercier Oil Free Tinted Mositurizer

Clarins UV 50 Sunscreen Multi-Protection Tint

Supergoop Glowscreen